Hal Russell / NRG Ensemble

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Hal Russell, a Chicago legend, switches between tenor, cornet, vibes and drums on this fascinating avant-garde session. Together with saxophonist Chuck Burdelik, Brian Sandstrom (who plays trumpet, guitar and bass), bassist Curt Bley and drummer Steve Hunt, Russell explores seven diverse and consistently colorful group originals that are more accessible than expected. This highly expressive music (which has plenty of variety) is worth checking out although this small label release will be difficult to locate.